Fair or not, Keegan Bradley has been at the center of the anchor-ban controversy since it began to draw the attention of the governing bodies. At the 2011 PGA Championship he became the first player to win a major with a long putter, and Webb Simpson and Ernie Els promptly followed suit.
So it was only natural to wonder if two weeks ago at the mandatory players’ meeting in San Diego, Bradley would stand up for the anchorers and convince his fellow players to fight the potential rule change.
Well, not exactly.
“I always felt that as a young player on Tour, I like to keep my head down a little bit and let the veterans … they know a lot more than I do,” Bradley said Monday on “Morning Drive.”
“It’s still very much up in the air. You’ve got to vote and hear comments from people. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks and months.”
Though he believes it would be a “terrible mistake” to disallow amateurs from being able to anchor the club, Bradley thinks the governing bodies will make the right decision for the pro game – whatever that is.
At the end of the interview, Bradley was asked whether he believes the PGA Tour could create its own rule and allow anchoring at the elite level.
“I think there is a chance,” he said. “I don’t have any facts for that. Commissioner (Tim) Finchem has always been player-first, and that’s what has made him a great commissioner. I have confidence that they’ll make the right decision.”